As we demand justice for George, Ahmaud and far too many others, we must also demand change in their names. We must demand leadership that will unite us and serve every American equally with compassion and the promise of the American Dream.
While racial disparities persist in wealth, education, housing and health care, we must never lose hope. These injustices, and those within our criminal justice system, were created by racist, divisive policies, and with work and courage, they can be undone.
The pain in our country must be put to purpose, and we must do it together.
I recently held a live conversation with special guest Roy Tatem, President of the East Valley NAACP. The discussion offers up some ways to help and insights into how we can all stand up, united, against systemic racism.
We’ve also included a list of suggested resources below.
With community input, we've created this list of suggestions. It is just a starting point ...
- Black People’s Justice Fund Metro Phoenix
- Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro | Twitter Updates
- NAACP East Valley
- Poder in Action
RESEARCH, REFORMS AND RESOURCES
- Campaign Zero — Solutions to End Police Violence
- Anti-Racism Resources
- “Talking About Race” – The National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian)
- Language From Police Camera Footage Shows Racial Disparities in Officer Respect (2017, Stanford University)
- Register to Vote
- Take the 2020 Census
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) — Michelle Alexander
- Between the World and Me (2015) — Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Fire Next Time (1962) — James Baldwin
- Race Matters (1993) — Dr. Cornel West
- How to Be an Antiracist (2019) — Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Women, Race and Class (1981) — Angela Davis
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018) — Robin DiAngelo
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) — Malcolm X
- Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.